A midwife has been censured and fined $11,400 after admitting to having an affair with a client’s husband.
The midwife, who has permanent name suppression, had “a number of sexual encounters” during the affair, which lasted five months, while acting as the woman’s Lead Maternity Carer.
In a decision released on Tuesday, the Health and Disability Commission has found the midwife guilty of professional misconduct and malpractice.
“[The midwife’s] conduct was a severe breach of the trust inherent in her professional relationship with her client and a breach of her duty to the client, her baby and her family,” the commission’s Director of Proceedings said.
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The Director said the midwife showed a “significant and on-going lack of professional judgement in a core aspect of midwifery which strikes at the heart of midwifery philosophy.”
The midwife was ordered to pay $11,400 in fines, has been censured, and must undergo mentoring and counselling. She must also limit the number of clients she works with to 36 a year.